Monthly Archives: September 2014

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson‘s autobiography-in-verse looks like a novel with its silhouette in front of a sunrise (I know it’s a sunrise because she wasn’t allowed outside at sunset time) and reads beautifully. Starting from birth, Jacqueline tells her story of living … Continue reading


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Have You Heard The Nesting Bird?

In rhyming text, we learn the bird calls of blue jays, cardinals, crows and more. The robin, however, stays quiet, sitting on her nest. Beautiful illustrations in a muted green and brown palette show which bird is which, a boost for … Continue reading

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The Lion And The Bird

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc is a picture book about a lion dressed in overalls who helps out a bird with a broken wing. Because the bird can’t fly south with its flock, it stays the winter … Continue reading

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Wordless picture books can say so much, and Flashlight is a perfect example. First, the illustrations are exquisite, mostly glowing white on black paper except where the flashlight’s beam falls and a few other choice spots. The story: A boy … Continue reading

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A Day At The Lake

A Day At The Lake is all fun and excitement. There are no problems and worries, just a day swimming, exploring nature and watching the sun set, all delivered in snappy rhyme with loads of onomatopoeia:  flittery flee, ziggity jig, yodelly … Continue reading

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May The Stars Drip Down

More than a lullaby, May The Stars Drip Down is a love song to a child about light and beautiful travels and always love. Nikki McClure‘s blue, white and yellow palette highlights pinpricks of light, all of it cut and torn from … Continue reading

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Oh how I love gibberish, especially rhyming gibberish. Froodle is the word Little Brown Bird says when she is tired of the same old “peep”, except the crow, dove and cardinal are counting on her to continue the rhythm of “caw, coo, … Continue reading

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Like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake

Sometimes we need a light read about life in school, a best friend and the new girl who changes everything. Like Carrot Juice On A Cupcake by Julie Sternberg fits the bill, and it’s in light verse to boot. It’s all hard … Continue reading

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